We are entering into an other election season. In the US more than in most other countries, religion factors loudly in the discussion. We need to keep our bearings.
While being proud of my country, and proud to be an American, I work hard to keep distance between my patriotism and my faith convictions. Before I am an American, I am a follower of Jesus. My first confession is always “Jesus is Lord.” The actions of the government must always be critiqued by my first confession.
That does not mean that we seek to create a Christian nation. It is improper to force a Christian ideology upon a pluralistic nation. Still, it is proper to hold our government to a high standard of justice and mercy and to seek reform, as people of faith, for the common good
I shudder at the image of a cross wrapped in an American flag. The cross of Jesus, the confession Jesus is Lord is always supreme. The church of Jesus Christ should never blindly and uncritically align itself with a government, even the United States. History screams at us to heed this warning.
Be a patriot—but also remember that our first allegiance is to Jesus. When the values of country conflict with the values of faith, the choice is clear.